Posted on: September 23, 2008 4:56 pm
Posted on: July 31, 2008 5:25 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2008 5:32 pm
Everyday, I will asess every major deal done before the Trade Deadline. I start with the Brewers-Indians trade
Cleveland Indians get:
This truly is a hard trade to asess. At first, I thought, if the Brewers don't make the World Series and they cannot re-sign him, they will have lost a great prospect in LaPorta and one average pitching prospect in Bryson, but LaPorta was blocked by many obsticals. Ryan Braun has made leftfield his home in Milwaukee, and the Crew already have a top notch third base prospect named Mat Gamel. Rightfield as well is blocked off but by Corey Hart. The only other option would be firstbase, where a mammoth lies in Prince Fielder. LaPorta is pretty much blocked off in the Brewers organization. Also in the trade was lefty reliever Zach Jackson, who has posted a 1.08 ERA since joining Cleveland's AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons. The other prospect acquired by the Indians was Rob Bryson, who has posted a solid 2.38 ERA since being with Cleveland's Single-A team, the Lake Couty Captains. However, before the Sabathia acquisition, I didn't believe the Brewers could make the playoffs. Thats what puts the Brewers as my winners in this trade. They got last years AL Cy Young award for a Top notch prospect, a career AAAA pitcher and an average pitching prospect. pretty good if you ask me.
Posted on: July 27, 2008 8:11 pm
As many know, the O's are 13 games back heading into a a week where trades will be made and teams will be buying more and more talent for the playoff run. The O's have some very nice talent stocked for any team needing either a dominate reliever (George Sherrill), a speedy second baseman (Brian Roberts), or a serious morale booster (Kevin Millar). The O's are in need of a serious boost of youth to turn around an organization which is in a pothole.
The organization has 1/4 of the team turned around, with rising stars Nick Markakis and Adam Jones in the line-up, and catching prospect Matt Wieters in AA Bowie. In the off-season, GM Andy MacPhail made 2 huge moves when he dealt star shortstop Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros for 5 players and pitching staff ace Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for 5 as well. For Tejada, the O's recieved another good trade chip in left fielder Luke Scott, as well as 4 other young players. Dennis Sarfate was one of the young players, and he has been very good in the middle relief slot all season, posting a 3.78 ERA and a 9.36 K/9. Matt Albers was another part of the deal. He posted a solid 3.49 ERA in 49 innings before he was injured. However, he should be back by late August after rehabbing a torn labrum. They had also one of the best left handed pitching prospects in MLb in Troy Patton, who tore his labrum in Spring Training and should be back next season. The other prospect was third baseman Mike Costanzo who is currently ikn AAA Norfolk.
In the Mariners trade, the O's got reliever George Sherrill, who became an All-Star closer after taking over for Chris Ray, who had Tommy John surgery late last season. Also, the O's got star centerfield prospect Adam Jones, who was hitting around .240 up until about June, when he picked it up and has been around .280 since. Then they got two of the Mariners best pitching prospects, one being stellar prospect Chris Tillman who has mowed down every opponent in the Eastern League of AA. The other is Tony Butler, a young lefty prospect who has been average in Single-A Delmarva. Also in the trade was little known middle relief prospect Kameron Mickolio, who had done good in Bowie and is now in Norfolk.
Currently, the hot names the Orioles possess for trading are George Sherrill and Brian Roberts. It's unlikely that a deal gets worked out for Roberts unless a shortstop or second baseman and Sherrill will not be dealt unless a team wow's Andy MacPhail with a deal that includes a shortstop. However, those are not the only names the O's have that could be good chips. In the starters department, the O's have Daniel Cabrera along with lefty Brian Burres. In the relief department, the O's have lefty specialist Jamie Walker and Grounder specialist Chad Bradford. In the batting department, there is catcher Ramon Hernandez, first baseman Kevin Millar, third baseman Melvin Mora and outfielders Jay Payton and Luke Scott and DH Aubrey Huff. Whatever happens between now and the deadline, the O's will be making a move to become a contender in the future when the prospects become ready to be stars in the majors as Orioles. No matter what position you team needs, the Orioles are bound to have a player that can fit your need well.
Posted on: June 18, 2008 6:06 am
Frederick pitcher Brandon Erbe acknowledges he's had his high and low points this season. Tuesday was definitely one of his high points.
The 20-year-old right-hander posted a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit without any walks to pick up the win as the visiting Keys topped the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 3-1. At one point, he retired 19 batters in a row.
"It was one of those nights where I felt like I had good command of all three pitches [fastball, slider, change]," Erbe said. "I had a mind-set of getting ahead early in the count and making them put the ball in play.
"Pitching is a real learning process," he added. "The biggest thing is learning how to read guys' swings."
This season, Erbe (6-5, 4.23 ERA) has picked up a few tips against Wilmington. He has given up just two runs in 21 innings over three starts against the Blue Rocks in 2008. The last time he faced them June 11, he fanned nine in seven frames.
"They have a lot of good contact hitters and they like to swing early," Erbe added. "They also have some good baserunners, so you make your job much easier if you can keep them off base."
On Tuesday, he surrendered a first-inning single to Chris McConnell, the second Blue Rocks batter of the game, and then retired everyone he faced until he hit Kurt Mertins with two down in the seventh.
"I've had my highs and lows this season, and the biggest thing I'll take away from a game like this is confidence," Erbe said. "When you have confidence, you have trust in yourself and your stuff."
He got offensive support from Brandon Tripp, who went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Keys (1-0).
Jason Godin (2-7) allowed two runs on three hits, fanning two and walking two over 3 1/3 innings to take the loss for the Blue Rocks (0-1).
Posted on: June 14, 2008 12:37 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2008 12:53 pm
By. Dan Connolly
When Orioles reliever Jamie Walker walked into the home clubhouse yesterday, he was "pumped up."
It's not the first time Walker has worn the old, cartoon-bird hat.
During pre-game festivities, the Orioles honored four former Orioles: Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver; third baseman Doug DeCinces, who hit the game-winning homer that triggered "Orioles Magic"; and the pitchers of record from 1979's Game 7, the Orioles' Scott McGregor and Pittsburgh's Grant Jackson, who also pitched for the Orioles in the 1971 World Series loss to the Pirates. Weaver, who turns 78 in August, received a standing ovation from the Camden Yards crowd.
First baseman Kevin Millar, who left Thursday's game in the second inning after fouling a ball off his left kneecap, called Orioles manager Dave Trembley at 10 a.m. yesterday to ask for some time before the manager made up his lineup.
Right-hander Steve Trachsel was granted release waivers and can become a free agent on Tuesday if he goes unclaimed.
Posted on: June 12, 2008 11:06 am
Brandon Erbe has admittedly been inconsistent at times this season. But he seems to find his groove whenever the Wilmington Blue Rocks are in the opposing dugout.
Erbe struck out a season-high nine over seven hitless innings and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter Wednesday as the Frederick Keys edged the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 3-1, at Harry Grove Stadium.
After plunking Joseph Dickerson with two outs in the opening frame, Erbe settled in and retired the next 16 batters. He struck out the side in the sixth and took the no-hitter into the seventh.
"I felt really good and the defense was making some great plays behind me," said Erbe. "Our shortstop [Ryan McCarthy] saved a hit up the middle in the first inning and I was able to get ahead of the hitters early in the count."
Erbe issued a pair of walks to start the seventh and Jeff Bianchi laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. Anthony Seratelli followed with a grounder to first baseman Brandon Snyder, who hesitated before throwing home. Josh Johnson slid in with the tying run before Erbe -- the no-hitter still intact -- struck out David Wood to end the inning and his evening.
The 20-year-old left-hander has faced Wilmington twice this season, allowing only two runs over 14 innings. He yielded one run over seven innings on April 22 and had plenty of confidence in his second outing against the Blue Rocks.
"It helps a lot to get a good look at teams," Erbe said. "Wilmington likes to put the ball in play and they can wreak havoc on the bases. My goal was just keep them off the bases tonight. I was getting ahead of the hitters and they were putting the ball in play early in the count."
The former third-round pick admitted thoughts of a no-hitter crept into his head.
"I was thinking about it a little bit," Erbe said. "I walked those first two batters in the seventh on nine pitches and lost a little bit of my focus. I was in such a rhythm and started throwing the ball and kinda got a little ahead of myself."
Erbe went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his first five starts this season, then surrendered 17 runs over 10 innings in his next three outings before turning things back around.
"The biggest thing is being consistent," he said. "I slipped away from my delivery a little and I was a little overconfident. I just need to stay within myself and my delivery."
Ryan Rodriguez (3-0) came on for the Keys in the eighth and allowed a one-out double to Wilver Perez to end the suspense. He tossed a scoreless frame and Chad Thall struck out one in a perfect ninth for his third save.
Miguel Abreu hit a solo homer in the fifth, his first, and Snyder broke the tie with a two-run single in the eighth. Frederick (31-35) went on to snap a four-game losing streak.
Starter Jason Godin allowed one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts over seven innings for the Blue Rocks (33-33). Tyler Chambliss (2-1) was charged with two runs on three hits in the eighth.
Posted on: June 12, 2008 7:17 am
Edited on: June 12, 2008 7:19 am
BOSTON - Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz is attributing Daniel Cabrera's struggles the past two outings to problems with his delivery, which has affected the movement on his two-seam fastball.
"The fastball is still his bread and butter," Kranitz said. "He can be a one-pitch pitcher if he uses his breaking ball at the right times. That's what he was pretty much earlier this season."
The Orioles are interested in left-handed-hitting first baseman Ben Broussard, who was released by the New York Yankees, but only if he'd accept a spot with Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles agreed to terms with L.J. Hoes, an outfielder out of St. John's High in Washington who was their third-round draft pick last week. He is one of 20 picks that have agreed to terms.
Posted on: June 4, 2008 4:14 pm
1. Tampa Bay Rays select: Buster Posey/C Florida State
2. Pittsburgh Pirates select: Pedro Alvarez/3B Vanderbilt
3. Kansas City Royals select: Eric Hosmer/1B American Heritage HS
4. Baltimore Orioles select: Brian Matusz/LHP San Diego State
5. San Fransisco Giants select: Tim Beckham/SS Griffin HS
6. Florida Marlins select: Kyle Skipworth/C Patriot HS
7. Cincinnati Reds select: Aaron Crow/RHP Missouri
8. Chicago White Sox select: Gordon Beckham/SS Georgia
9. Washington Nationals select: Justin Smoak/1B South Carolina
10. Houston Astros select: Yonder Alonso/1B Miami
11. Texas Rangers select: Ethan Martin/RHP Stephens County HS
12. Oakland Athletics select: Aaron Hicks/RHP-CF Woodrow Wilson HS
13. St. Louis Cardinals select: Christian Friedrich/LHP Eastern Kentucky
14. Minnesota Twins select: Brett Lawrie/INF Brookswood SS(BC)
15: Los Angeles Dodgers select: Casey Kelly/SS-RHP Sarasota HS
16. Milwaukee Brewers select: Andrew Cashner/RHP Texas Christian
17. Toronto Blue Jays select: Brett Wallace/1B Arizona State
18. New York Mets select: Jemile Weeks/2B Miami
19. Chciago Cubs select: Jake Odorizzi/RHP Highland HS
20. Seattle Mariners select: Tim Melville/RHP Holt HS
21. Detroit Tigers select: Gerrit Cole/RHP Orange Lutheran HS
22. New York Mets select: Shooter Hunt/RHP Tulane
23. San Diego Padres select: Anthony Hewitt/SS The Salisbury School(CT)
24. Philadelphia Phillies select: Zach Collier/OF Chino Hills HS
25. Colorado Rockies select: Jason Castro/C Stanford
26. Arizona Diamondbacks select: Ryan Perry/RHP Arizona
27. Minnesota Twins select: Issac Galloway/OF Los Osos HS
28. New York Yankees select: Ike Davis/1B Arizona State
29. Cleveland Indians select: Reese Havens/SS South Carolina
30. Boston Red Sox select: Daniel Schlereth/LHP Arizona